I'm not Catholic. I don't HAVE to believe the pope. And no she didn't FAIL, she chose to step away. I've been a lifelong student of religion and yes I'm aware of the teachings but I don't find problem with them. I don't spend my time tearing apart the RCC. My comment was specifically to Bonnie because we are friendly with one another and I was sharing my thoughts with her. I don't understand why do many people want to tear apart the Catholic Church but don't say which religion is the correct one. And furthermore none of you would agree on that anyway. So why specifically tear apart the RCC?
You would understand if you have been brought up RC and found out you were taught false doctrines. I had to relearn history after I left school because I was taught a false history. No denomination is totally correct that is why one does not follow man but Jesus and that means knowing His Word. True believers do not follow denominations.
The Rcc justifies it scandals that it has allowed throughout the centuries. The latest abuse scandals is a fine example of them allowing the laity to be abused. It is not the way of Jesus. It is not tearing the RCC apart it is pointing out its false teachings and claims. The scriptures tell us to discern the fruit. The fruit of the RcC smells. Those who are ex RCs know the changes it needs to make so it follows Jesus and not a pope.
Really we all agree on the main points on salvation being through Jesus. The bible is meant to be discussed an debated God knew humans like to debate and the things people disagree on do not affect salvation. The rcc has a works based salvation and this is wrong.
By the way if you are an RC you are meant to bring up your children RCs. That is why I was never married in the RCC, they wanted me to sign an oath to do so. I found out the truth not by joining another denomination but by reading the bible cover to cover and the truth about the RCC was revealed. Mary is hardly in scriptures at all, there is no praying to Mary or the saints in scriptures.
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